STYLISH NEW 5008 HAS PEUGEOT’S LARGE SUV AMBITIONS IN THE BAG
Peugeot has completely overhauled its 5008 large SUV, turning it into a genuine, roomy 4x4. Paul Connolly checks it out
WHAT’S NEW? The popularity of Suv-style cars and their derivatives has been evident for some time now, and all manufacturers have had to adjust strategy.
The biggest loser of this trend is the format of what used to be known as MPVS (multi-people vehicles or ‘people carriers’). These have largely been steamrollered out of the way by the SUV craze.
The Peugeot 5008 has been around since 2009, and it was a grand MPV popular with families.
But 2017 saw the transformation of the 5008 from people carrier to SUV.
And what a job the French manufacturer has done with it. It helps, of course, to have a brilliant template to base it on, and Peugeot did: its 3008 model. The 3008 had been the subject of an inspired second generation makeover in 2016, and Peugeot wisely applied the same philosophy (and then some) to the 5008.
The result is a large premium SUV, with a quality build and a competitive price that sits at the pinnacle of Peugeot’s SUV range, and which I at least regard as the brand’s flagship vehicle.
It also comes with seven seats as standard, which will win it fans with families and others who need to ferry larger numbers.
The 5008 has already won a clutch of awards, including the ‘Best Large SUV’ at the influential 2018 What Car? Awards.
bonnet, a vertical face and raised body line.
There is no change to the height over the first generation model: 1.64m with roof bars – standard on all models.
At the front, the wide grille with chrome fins is exclusive to this model, while the rear design features the gloss black strip and the signature LED ‘claw effect’ rear lights seen in other Peugeot SUVS.
The rear end is extended in a not wholly graceful fashion to cope with the large boot and/or third row of seats. But overall, it’s a handsome beast, and one that comes in some elegant colours.
CABIN AND SPACE Inside, the quality experience continues, with the latest version of Peugeot’s innovative i- Cockpit installed.
This combines ergonomics and a futuristic experience thanks to features like a compact steering wheel, a large 8” touchscreen dashboard and a 12.3” high-resolution digital head-up display.
There’s plenty of room in this car. It’s 19cm longer than the 3008 and 11cm longer than the original 5008.
Six footers will have no problem in the second row, although, as with most seven-seat cars, the rear seats are really designed for younger occupants.
The vehicle’s “optimised architecture” (as Peugeot calls it) shows off some really innovative seating.
There are three matching, separate, folding seats in the second row, adjustable in length and inclination, with two removable, separate, folding seats in the third row.
The front passenger seat also folds, to allow long loads up to 3.20m to be accommodated and a practical hands-free motorised tailgate.
Boot capacity in its best con- figuration will yield 1060 litres of space. There’s a hands-free motorised tailgate to help load shopping and other items.
SAFETY AND TECH The quality cabin is stuffed with kit and tech. There’s great permanent connectivity thanks to a Mirror Screen function and 3D connected navigation system (with Tomtom Traffic).
A lovely Focal premium hi-fi system and a large panoramic opening glass roof are amongst the goodies.
A plethora of advanced driver systems are available, including Advanced Grip Control – including new Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC) – Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Distance Alert, Active Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA), driver attention warning, speed sign recognition and speed suggestion, and many more.
Particularly useful is Visio Park (360° vision) to give you a clear all round vision – and there’s a Park Assist to semi-automatically park the car.
Incidentally, there’s now a Peugeot ef01 Electric Bike now on sale in the UK that integrates into the 5008’s boot space – designed for that final mile of your commute.
WHO WOULD BUY ONE? With a simple but effective trim level line-up, Peugeot has made the decision making process reasonably straightforward whilst at the same time offering lots of choice within each trim.
The entry-level Active models are very well specced for the price, and there’s arguably even better value one level up in award-winning Allure trim.
For those who want more power, there are three further sportier choices: GT Line, GT Line Premium and GT.
The Peugeot 5008 will appeal to a wide range of users, especially people who appreciate its superior quality, comfort, technology and attractive pricing point.
The price ranges from £25,630 on the road for an Active model to £37,900 for the range-topping GT version.